March 2010 Archives
"From 1913 to 1971 five thousand one hundred and twenty one mentally ill patients were cremated on the grounds of the Oregon State Hospital. Their remains were sealed in copper canisters. The canisters were stored in the hospital's basement until the 1970s when they were moved to a memorial vault underground. The vault was subjected to periodic floods. In 2000 they were removed from their institutional crypt, placed on plain pine shelves in a storeroom, and were left virtually forgotten until David Masiel heard of their existence and photographed them."
Amazing Design Observer slideshow
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
Lady and the Tramp
Trumpet of the Swan
Land That Time Forgot
Bringing up baby
What's up doc
The Last Mimzy
Valley of the Wind
Kiki's Delivery Service
The Four Feathers (the original)
The Court Jester (Danny Kayeing)
Errol Flynn Robin Hood
The Prizoner of Zenda.
"Concentrate every minute on doing what's in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions. Yes, you can-- if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered, irritable. You see how few things you have to do to live a satisfying and reverent life? If you can manage this, that's all even the gods can ask of you."
Marcus Aurelius on internet addiction (A.D. 121-180)
Every Saturday night we watch a movie with the kids. It's their one television event during the week and getting the pick right is tough.The whole family agrees that Looney Tunes are our collective favorite but we can't do that every week.
I wish someone had given me a list of films that appeal to kids under 10. Here are some films that we've liked. It's a very fast list. The films are all pretty safe (not a lot of excessive suspense that our daughter can't handle and not a lot of cheap jokes and attitude that sap the creative impulse). There are lots of films we've seen that aren't on this list and some I've forgotten.
I'll add to this list later as I think of films that worked. If you've got your own suggestions please send them my way:
That Darn Cat
Over the Hedge
Apple Dumpling Gang
Escape from Witch Mountain
My Friend Totoro
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Horton Hears a Who
The Iron Giant
The Princess Bride (almost didn't make the list for the rodents of unusual size scene which put our daughter on the ceiling)
Singin' in the Rain
The Sound of Music
I'm not a huge fan of the captions but the book these pictures are from is amazing.
In dusk and cold is more than he can bear.
The small boy weeps to hear the wind prepare
A night of gnashings and enormous moan.
His tearful sight can hardly reach to where
The pale-faced figure with bitumen eyes
Returns him such a God-forsaken stare
As outcast Adam gave to paradise.
The man of snow is, nonetheless, content,
Having no wish to go inside and die.
Still, he is moved to see the youngster cry.
Though frozen water is his element,
He melts enough to drop from one soft eye
A trickle of the purest rain, a tear
For the child at the bright pane surrounded by
Such warmth, such light, such love, and so much fear.